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Privacy and Security in A Digital World: Latest Trends in Cybersecurity in Japan and the US

September 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Whether it is the role of government in compelling tech companies to unlock technology or provide access to data, the controversy swirling around Secretary Clinton’s emails or the frustration at having one’s email account hacked, finding the right balance between privacy, security and convenience has become increasingly difficult in our digital world.  Silicon Valley companies lay both at the heart of the controversy and will also be key to a solution that will certainly require the Bay Area’s unparalleled technological prowess and entrepreneurship.
How economically powerful, democratic nations like the US and Japan face these challenges today will have long-lasting socio-economic implications for our citizens and for the world. The issue is timely. Japan has just passed an historic new privacy law and is working to implement it.  Moreover, it faces considerable cybersecurity risks as it prepares for the 2020 Olympics.  The US will have a new Administration in five months that will need to tackle quickly this set of issues which relate to fight against terrorism as well as the country’s global competitiveness.
Despite the fact that the US and Japan come at these challenges from very different social and historical perspectives, can they find some common ground to protect citizens’ privacy and data while maintaining an open internet and a dynamic competitive market place?
Please come engage with high level experts from Japan and the US in cybersecurity and privacy protection as they discuss the latest trends in Japan and the US.  William Saito, an American entrepreneur with long experience in Japan, currently is a senior policy adviser to Prime Minister Abe and working closely with the Abe Administration on a number of initiatives to spur innovation, including in cybersecurity.  Morgan Lewis partner Mark Krotoski is one of the America’s most foremost legal expert on cybersecurity and privacy protection and brings a wealth of experience from his decades working in the government at both the state and federal level and in private practice.
william-saitoWilliam H. Saito
One of Nikkei’s “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998, and was widely recognized as an authority on cyber security. In 2004 he sold his company to Microsoft, moved to Tokyo, and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, Saito was named CTO of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. In 2012, he was appointed to a council on national strategy which reported directly to the Prime Minister. Active in the World Economic Forum and consults for several national governments. Currently, he is the Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan. A TV commentator, newspaper columnist and author. His best-selling The Team (Nikkei BP) appeared in 2012.

mark-krotoskiMark L. Krotoski

Mark L. Krotoski represents and advises clients on antitrust cartel investigations; cybersecurity and privacy matters; trade secret, economic espionage, fraud, and foreign corrupt practices cases; and government investigations. With nearly 20 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and a leader in the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Mark provides clients with a unique blend of litigation and investigative experience. He has tried 20 cases to verdict and successfully argued appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Sixth Circuits.


  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking/Registration
  • 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Program
  • 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Networking

Light appetizers and drinks provided

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  • No refunds after Wednesday, September 14
  • Online registration closes at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 21
  • Walk-ins accepted at $20.00 per person

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September 21, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm



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